After a brief US tour, The Horrors will be plugging their critically adored second album ‘Primary Colours’ at a string of UK festivals, including Isle Of Wight (14 June), Lounge On The Farm (10 July), T In The Park (11 July), Oxegen (12 July), Field Day (1 August) and Underage (2 August). Pic: James Quinton
The Chapman Family will be following their well-received stint on the Samsung NME Radar Tour with an appearance at metal bash Sonisphere, which hits Knebworth, August 1-2. To celebrate the start of the festival season, we’re giving away a digital edition of the new summer festival guide issue of NME. To claim your copy, head to tinyurl.com/qvn5sf. Pic: Danny North
Regina Spektor releases her new album ‘Far’ on 23 June. You can hear a track from it now at NME.COM/boredatwork. The singer-songwriter will promote the album with appearances at Oxegen (Saturday 11 July), T In The Park (Sunday 12 July), and Latitude (17 July). Pic: PA Photos
Currently riding high on the strength of current single ‘Don’t Upset The Rhythm’, Noisettes are scheduled to play a host of festivals this summer, including Isle Of Wight (12 June), Beach Break Live in Cornwall (18 June), Welsh bash Wakestock (10 July), Boardmasters in Newquay (8 August) and Summer Sundae (15 August).
In addition to Slipknot playing Download, two members of the band will be ditching their masks to unveil new side projects at rival metal bash Sonisphere. Percussionist Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan will be launching his new band Dirty Little Rabbits, while Slipknot singer Corey Taylor will be performing his first ever solo acoustic show at Sonisphere, which takes place at Knebworth, August 1-2.
Rolo Tomassi are among the non-metal acts lined up for hard rock bash Sonisphere (August 1-2). To celebrate the start of the festival season, we’re giving away a
digital edition of the new summer festival guide issue of NME. To claim
your copy, head to tinyurl.com/qvn5sf. Pic: Danny North
Doves are currently in the middle of a US tour, but they return to these shores for a slot at London’s Lovebox Weekender, which takes place at London’s Victoria Park, July 18-19. Joining them on the bill are New York Dolls, Duran Duran, Simian Mobile Disco and N.E.R.D. Pic: PA Photos
Having won acclaim for their latest work, a new soundtrack for 1934
cult film ‘Man Of Aran’ (out May 25), British Sea Power are starting
their festival season early with two appearances at The Great Escape in
their hometown of Brighton (15 and 16 May). True to their quirky
reputation, they then play the obscure 2000 Trees festival in
Withington (18 July), followed by the more orthodox fests Big Chill (6
August) and Reading/Leeds (22-23 August).
Indestructible glam veterans New York Dolls build on the release of new album ‘Cause I Sez So’ with an appearance at London’s Lovebox in Victoria Park, July 18-19. Pic: PA Photos
Ladyhawke’s self-titled debut album, released last year, has been a sleeper hit, enabling her to hit the festival circuit for the second year running. She plays Evolution in Newcastle (25 May) Beach Break Live in Cornwall (26 June), V festival (22-23 August) – as well as, bizarrely, Oriel College, Oxford’s summer ball on 26 June. Pic: PA Photos
Having reformed in 2008 – their debut comeback show was at the NME
Awards USA – alt-rock legends Jane’s Addiction will be spending much of
their summer on a double-header tour alongside Nine Inch Nails. Both
bands have signed up to play T In The Park (Saturday 11 July), and will
take to the main stage, somewhat incongruously, shortly after Katy
Perry and The Ting Tings. Pic: PA Photos
Samsung NME Radar Tour star La Roux releases her self-titled debut album on 29 June. Irish fans will be able to hear tracks from it when the synth-pop star appears at Oxegen, which takes place in County Kildare, July 10-12. Also on the bill are Blur, Crystal Castles, Doves and Elbow. Pic: Danny North
Maximo Park, whose third album ‘Quicken The Heart’ is released today (11 May), are set to embark on yet another busy summer of festival dates, including Isle Of Wight (13 June), T In The Park (10 July), Oxegen (11 August), Leeds (28 August) and Reading (29 August).
Unlike last year, when they played every festival going, Gossip are being more selective this year – catch them at Latitude in Suffolk, 17 July as well as at Reading and Leeds in August. Beth Ditto and co will be airing material from new album ‘Music For Men’, which will be released on 22 June, preceded by lead-off single ‘Heavy Cross’ which is available for donwload now. Pic: PA Photos
It’s fairly quiet for Santigold of late – at least in the UK – but following a mammoth tour of America and continental Europe she is set for a couple of festival dates, both of them in London – Field Day (1 August) and Underage (2 August). Pic: PA Photos
Lady GaGa will bring a dose of pop glamour to Glastonbury, when she hits the main stage on Friday 26 June. Hope she remembers to bring her Pac-A-Mac. Pic: PA Photos
Following a well-received impromputu performance on top of a London bus at the Camden Crawl, Madness will be causing mass outbreaks of nutty dancing at Glastonbury, 26-28 June. Expect gimmicks – when they played in 2007 they notched up a world record for the amount of people kissing at one time, during ‘It Must Be Love’. Pic: PA Photos
Little Boots’ debut album ‘Hands’ will be unavoidable this summer. You can watch the video to new single ‘New In Town’ at NME.COM/videoblog. Catch her live at The Great Escape in Brighton this weekend (May 15), Newcastle’s Evolution (25 May), Wychwood in Cheltenham (30 May), Latitude (17 July), Bestival (12 September) and pretty much anywhere else with a stage and a PA between now and autumn. Pic: PA Photos
Bon Iver’s debut album ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’ hadn’t really taken off in time for last summer’s festivals, but the singer-songwriter will be reaping its success this year, appearing at ATP in Minehead this weekend (15 May), followed by Brighton Festival (18 May), Camp Bestival (25 July), and Summer Sundae in Leicester (16 August). Don’t expect any wacky cover versions.
Following on from the release of a new box-set, ‘Minotaur’, on June 15, Pixies will play Isle Of Wight on Sunday 14 June, taking to the main stage just before headliner Neil Young. Pic: PA Photos
PJ Harvey is to play her only UK festival date this year at Camp Bestival, at Dorset’s Lulworth Castle, July 24-26. To celebrate the start of the festival season, we’re giving away a
digital edition of the new summer festival guide issue of NME. To claim
your copy, head to tinyurl.com/qvn5sf. Pic: PA Photos
Following on from an impressive performance at Essex’s Offset Festival in 2008, post-punk pioneers Gang Of Four are set to play a string of UK festivals, although they are all down south -The Great Escape in Brighton (16 May), All Tomorrow’s Parties in Minehead (17 May), and Lovebox in east London (18 July). Pic: PA Photos
The Maccabees are the latest band to be added to the bill for T In The Park. They will be airing tracks from their acclaimed second album ‘Wall Of Arms’ in King Tut’s Wah-Wah Tent, 11 July. Pic: Dean Chalkley
Klaxons singer Jamie Reynolds described his band’s performance at Glastonbury 2007 as “the happiest day of [his life”. So expect an unnanounced appearance at the festival this year, possibly on one of the smaller stages. Pic: Andy Willsher
Currently gearing up for a sell-out UK tour, Florence And The Machine
will be impossible to avoid this summer. In addition to supporting Blur
at Hyde Park (3 July), Florence is set to appear at Glastonbury (27
June), Hop Farm (4 July), T In The Park (11 July), Lovebox (18 July),
Reading (28 August) and Leeds (30 August).